Synology for Dropbox backup+CCTV

I work from home and use Dropbox for my consulting business and my amateur photography and have 750GB or data now. I have 1TB space on my iMac and MacBook but want to stick to Dropbox because the sync is so good (I have a 2TB Time Capsule backing up the Macs locally, but not the photos as they’re not synced).

So my first need is how to back up Dropbox?

I can see why you had Synology suggested for this task. It has built-in functions to easily connect to your Dropbox account and synchronize content to a NAS. Here is Synology made manual and Lon youtube video explaining very easily how to do it.

On youtube Lon.TV


What NAS do you recommend?

If you are not planning to build transcoding multimedia server or have 100 users accessing it you should consider J series NAS. DS218j as a 2 drive option or DS418j as four drive option. DS218j will let you set up RAID1 which means all data is replicated on both disks. So if one gets broken you can still access data from another one. The disadvantage is that you get the maximum capacity of only one drive because other just keep a copy of whatever first drive has. If you can find extra 100 in your budget I would recommend getting DS418j. It comes with 4 drives, but you can start filling only with 2 or three. With this model, only one drive will be used for data redundancy. So if any of 4 drives get broken, data will be still accessible. So if you decide to have 3 drives, you get capacity for 2 drives and one will be for data protection- redundancy. That is better value for money (Price per terabyte).

You will be able to do multiple time machines and even have Synology drive app for free (same a DropBox just free and unlimited). Even if you decide to stream or download video files on your mobile device, this NAS will give this functionality.



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